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 New perspectives for emergency managersPrepTalks are given by subject-matter experts and thought leaders to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.

Each PrepTalk release includes videos of the presentations and the question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions, a Discussion Guide to support local action, and additional resources. PrepTalks Discussion Guides are companion documents to the PrepTalk videos. When used together, these guides help translate the research and expertise showcased in each presentation into action steps to improve disaster preparedness.

September 2018 Symposium

The third PrepTalk Symposium was held on September 6th, 2018.  You can view the Program here: September 2018 - PrepTalks Symposium. The PrepTalks speakers for this symposium include:

  • Morning Session: 9:30 – 12:00 PM

- Jeffrey Baumgartner: Planning for and Responding to Energy Disruptions: Developing Capabilities for the Future

- Vance Taylor: The Whole Community – We Succeed or Fail Together!

- Sean Kevelighan: Understanding the Value of Insurance

- Brooke Buddemeier: Saving Lives After a Nuclear Detonation

  • Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00 PM

- Dr. Sheri Fink: Triage, Ethics and Operations: Healthcare Emergency Preparedness and Response

- Philip R. Mann: Public Works & Emergency Management: Restoring Life Line Services

- Dr. Charles “Chick” Macal: Using Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking to Understand Community Interdependencies

- Dr. Yossi Sheffi: Private Sector Resilience: It Is All In the Supply Chain 

- Dr. Jarrod Goentzel: Aligning Public and Private Supply Chains Following Disasters


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PrepTalks Partners

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09/05/2018 - 15:41